Saturday, March 28, 2009
Well I might have saved all of about 10 cents worth of electricity with the lights out around the world but it did get me to thinking about all the electrical appliances we could do without. But not just that. We have emassed so much over the last 40+ years and it seems that all of the electronics are nothing more than electric vampires. You know they need electricity even when they aren't running. Time to rething what we really need as to what we want in our lives. The one thing that struck me in this little experiment is the deafening silence that can only come from a power outage or the actual concious act of turning off all but the esential power. We do get a good bit of our power here in the northwest from hydro electric from the dams but not all of it. There's still a bit that comes from coal fired plants. Not a good thing if we plan on living on the planet for any extended period of time. Yes I could have the attitude that since I'm closing in on retirement of "oh well that's the next generation's problem, let them deal with it", but I can't because I've spent almost the last 20 years removing hazardous material. I have just a tad bit of respect for the planet and future generations. Don't you just hate it when you go to a campground and the last guy was a slob and left beer cans and garbage all over? As for me I will do what I can to preserve and protect what we have. It shouldn't be something that we're forced to do with heavy fines. It should be something we do because we realize that it will be cheaper in the long run and benefit us all. We need to stop being short sighted quick profit beings and take stock in what we have. This will take the effort of all of us because there are 330 million of us here in the U.S. and you'd be astounded at what we throw away in any given day and just how much energy we waste. Time to rething indeed.